In the Seattle area, school officials treat throwing a snowball — not just an iceball — like throwing a rock.
Julie Miles has two kids at A.G. Bell Elementary in Kirkland, a school with a zero tolerance for snowballs. Students there say they were told they can’t even touch the snow, much less pack and hurl it.
“I think it is really sad,” Miles said. “Kids have a blast in the snow. I understand that it is a safety issue, but they could monitor them while they play. My children are from Montana; they think it is silly.
Meanwhile, police are considering arresting a local man for reckless sledding.
Update: Mike Daley writes that times have changed.
In the Winter of ’48 at Olympic Heights Elementary school, (Seattle, WA), a
newly arrived CA first grader got his 1st exposure to snow. Said new found
product was then used to hit female classmates with snow balls. Teacher, on
observing this unwarranted attack, stopped me from additional snowballs with
an admonition to the effect that one doesn’t throw snowballs at girls and a
much better target would be the 2nd and 3rd grade males close by. Point was well taken.
I myself remember the snowball ambush site by the crab apple trees on the way home from school. Everyone was fair game, but iceballs were considered unsporting.